Following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the legality of voting laws in Texas – which require in-person voters to produce a valid photo ID – left-wing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg penned a dissenting opinion, in which, it appears, she lied about what is, and is not, an acceptable form of identification for voting in the Lone Star State. Ginsburg, with the collaboration of the two other Progressive activists on the court, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, swiftly composed the dissent, presumably fearing that each passing day reduces the chances of the Democratic Party garnering enough fraudulent votes to turn Texas blue.
The objection to laws which require voters to produce a photo ID is rooted in the myth that such laws disproportionately affect minorities. Although no concrete evidence exists to corroborate this claim and although studies conducted in states that require photo IDs for voting have shown no adverse affect on minority voter turnout, it has been loudly championed by Democrats and in the left-wing media, who claim that racism is behind some sinister right-wing conspiracy to prevent black people from voting; rather ironic, coming from the party that did not wish to allow blacks to vote in the first place.
In a further blow to the legend of discriminatory voter ID laws, President Obama, speaking recently on Al Sharpton’s radio show, pointed out that laws requiring photo IDs for voting do not affect voter turnout. When questioned by Sharpton about such laws, Obama responded “most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don’t vote from voting. Most people do have an ID; most people do have a driver’s license; most people can get to the polls [emphasis Obama’s].” Expanding upon his statement, Obama went on to say “…but the bottom line is if less than half of our folks vote, these laws aren’t preventing the other half from not voting.”
Citizens and residents of the United States are required to show a photo ID when claiming government benefits, checking into a hotel, boarding a plane, purchasing a firearm or accomplishing numerous other everyday tasks. Apparently such requirements, in these cases, are not racist. Nor, it would seem, are voter ID laws racist in the states where such laws have been in place for years; only in states where Democrats are attempting to supplant Republicans as the dominant power-brokers are these laws deemed discriminatory.
Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent, wrote “Nor will Texas accept photo ID cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.” This statement, which is completely untrue, since VA-issued ID cards are, indeed, accepted in Texas for voting purposes, was subsequently erased from the official dissent published on the Supreme Court’s website.
The inaccuracy has been described as a simple error. For a Justice – particularly a Supreme Court Justice – to not understand a state law that is the very focus of a complaint is unforgivable. Either Justice Ginsburg lied in her dissent over the Texas voter ID decision or she has been overtaken by senility.
Opinion by Graham J Noble